Cost Breakdown for Cracow University of Economics

This is the estimated budget for this study aborad program. It serves as an estimated cost of attendance for your study abroad program. Students often pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships, grants and alternative loans. The total amount listed in the Total Program Cost is the maximum amount of aid you can receive from GVSU. This estimated cost of attendance does not reflect the amount of aid you will qualify for, simply the cap on much could be awarded to you.

Cost Billed to GVSU




GVSU Tuition (12-15 credits)


*Tuition based on 2018-2019 upper-level instate tuition rates (12-15 credits). Out-of-state students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate

Paid to Grand Valley State University Student Accounts by the GVSU regular tuition payment deadline.

IS 380 Course Fee


Paid to GVSU. The IS 380 course fee is $28 per credit hour. Participants of this program will register for 12 credits of IS 380.

Program Fee


Paid to Grand Valley State University Student Accounts by the regular GVSU payment deadline.

Additional Costs




Passport & Visa


Passport fees $145. Visa for Poland currently $72 (subject to change.) Students may incur an additional charge for the residence permit once in Poland (est. $128). Travel expenses to secure visa in Chicago $65.



Paid to Airline Provider

Health insurance/ISIC

$208 - $300

Paid to an insurance provider of your choosing if you are not already covered under a health insurance policy. CUE does require students to show proof of health insurance. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet the PIC health insurance requirement, but may not meet the insurance requirement for the student visa. Students receiving the Erasmus+ scholarship will need to purchase the ISIC Premium card ($208) because the basic plan does not meet the CUE requirements. Students should also carefully review the medical insurance requirement for the visa. The Basic ISIC card may not meet those requirements, but the Premium card may work.

Housing (off-campus apartment)

$2,450 - $3,850 (estimate is $350 - $550 per month or 300-450 Euro per month) + deposit of 2 months rent

Housing costs are paid directly to your landlord. You may be required to pay a deposit. The average deposit is equal to rent for one month. Based on 5 months even though the semester is 4.5 months

Books and Supplies


On-site Personal Expenses


$1,375 - $1,625 ($275 - $325 per mo.)

On-site Personal Expenses for 5 months

Personal Expenses


On-site personal expenses including costs for local transportation, cell phone purchase, and basic necessities. Based on 5 months approx. $280 per month


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$13,803 - 15,545** (cost after CUE stipend of around $240 per month and PIC partnership grant are factored in)

$17,307*** (Estimate for out-of-state students who do not receive a tuition differential scholarship. This figure does not include the CUE stipend which is $250 per month, approx. $1000 per semester.)

Out-of-state students who receive a GVSU tuition differential scholarship will be able to use that scholarship towards the cost of this program. Exception: international students will not have access to the tuition differential scholarship for use towards the cost of study abroad, however, they may still be eligible for the Partnership Grant.

* Based on 2018-2019 in-state, upper-division tuition rates for 12-15 credits. If you complete more than 15 GVSU credits during your semester abroad, tuition charges for the additional credits above 15 will be added to your GVSU student account after you return and PIC completes the transfer of credit.

** The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant’s personal spending habits and lifestyle. Personal travel, entertainment, gifts, souvenirs, and other types of personal spending are costs not reflected in the above estimates.

NOTE: A stipend is provided by Cracow University of Economics for you to pay for food, housing and some misc. living expenses. The stipend is based on the Polish Government rate and is approximately 900 zloty per month (approx. $240 USD/month) (subject to change). GVSU students typically live in a local apartment. The cost of an apartment varies by location and desired amenities.

The Padnos International Center will be providing (2) $500 Partnership Grants for the 2018-19 academic year. If more than two students apply for this program, decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a student’s study abroad application and financial need. Students may be eligible for more than $500, but two applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant support. Decisions on awards will be made after the application deadline.

Page last modified August 20, 2018